OXFORD – Renee Horstman has always been a hard worker. As a teenager, she worked alongside her mother Priscilla at her business, Horstman’s Nursery and Landscaping. When her mom passed away in 1998, Renee took over the reins and has continued that same work ethic to growing the business her mother had worked so hard to build.
As a small business owner, and a mother, Horstman often put herself last. One of the tough choices she made was to forgo heath insurance for herself.
But then, in May of this year, the unthinkable happened. The otherwise healthy, vibrant 47-year-old was diagnosed with colon cancer.
She immediately began undergoing an aggressive course of treatment at Lourdes Regional Cancer Center. The extensive radiation and chemotherapy have taken their own toll on her, not just physically and emotionally, but also financially. This fact has not gone unnoticed by Horstman’s friends and family. A group of them have joined forces to help ease the financial burden Horstman faces as she battles cancer without insurance. The result is “A Way 4 Renee,” a day long fundraiser which will take place Saturday behind the Oxford Tavern.